Archive: February 2017

8 Flippin’ Fantastic Pancake Day Recipes

February 22nd 2017 by .

Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, falls on 28th February this year, which means it’s time to get the family together in the kitchen for some pancakes.

Shrove Tuesday was traditionally dedicated to using up any rich foods in the house before Lent, such as eggs, milk and sugar. And as Lent coincides nicely with the last few weeks of winter and the beginning of spring, it’s a great time to think about getting those little DIY jobs done and refreshing your kitchen in time for the better weather. Maybe you want to modernise your kitchen and create a cool, sophisticated space for dining and entertaining – high gloss doors are a great choice. Or perhaps it’s a cosy, slightly rustic look you’re after, in which case, cathedral doors would work beautifully. Or maybe you simply fancy a change that strikes the balance between traditional and timeless – the Shaker door is a classic design that never goes out of style.

The great thing about Pancake Day is that it’s really easy to celebrate – chances are, you already have all the ingredients you need in your cupboards. Depending on how confident you feel with a frying pan, you can try beating the world record for number of pancake tosses: 140 in one minute. If you’d rather not risk pancakes stuck to the ceiling and batter on the floor, we don’t blame you. So we’ve scouted out the best pancake recipe ideas to make your mouths water and your pans sizzle, and all you need to do is feast.

Lemon and sugar

It’s a classic for a reason – the sharpness of the lemon and the slight crunch of sugar make an unbeatable combination. Golden syrup was also a popular choice here in the Kitchen Door Workshop office.

Chocolate in any form

The chocoholic in your life will adore these crepe-style pancakes – cocoa powder in the mixture adds a bit of richness to the pancake itself, while the chocolate spread and berries make a delicious filling. Berries also work beautifully with white chocolate. You’ll find bags of frozen berries in your local supermarket – they’re slightly cheaper than buying fresh fruit and they’ll last until you need them.


Strawberries and whipped cream, blueberries and syrup, banana and peanut butter – you could even try adding berries or mashed banana directly to your pancake mixture. We love these oaty pancakes with raspberries and honey, and think this mango and coconut topping sounds different, but delicious.

Why not try something a little different?

Take inspiration from around the globe and give this Finnish pancake dessert a try – you cook it in a roasting tin rather than a frying pan, which means it rises like a sweet Yorkshire pudding. Serve with your topping of choice. Alternatively, make pancakes part of your main course, and fill them with something savoury. Cheese, ham and mushrooms make great savoury pancakes, or why not give your pancakes a decadent upgrade by adding smoked salmon and cream cheese?

5 Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day At Home

February 13th 2017 by .

The perfect excuse for a bit of romance, or clichéd and commercialised? Whatever you think of Valentine’s Day, there’s no denying that in the middle of February, when Christmas is a distant memory and spring is taking ages to arrive, we could all do with something to celebrate. But you don’t need to spend huge sums or plan grand gestures – true romance lies in the small, everyday things. The last few weeks of winter are also the ideal time to think about showing your kitchen some love – give the room a refresh now, and it will be ready for you to enjoy when the weather brightens up and the spring-time socialising begins. So, this Valentine’s Day, skip the crowded restaurants and petrol station flowers, and spend it where the heart really is – at home.


1. Go bold in the kitchen.

Red may be the colour of love and passion, but it’s also a great fit in the kitchen. In a spacious room, red is a strong, bold talking-point, and in a smaller room, it creates a real sense of warmth and cosiness. Rather than committing to crimson walls or trying to source scarlet furniture, why not go for red doors with a gloss finish? If you’re not totally convinced, red doors on lower units and a neutral shade like white or cream on wall units would look really striking.

2. Cook up a storm.

You could book a table at a busy restaurant and pay over-the-odds for a bottle of wine – or you could dodge the crowds and enjoy a delicious Valentine’s dinner in the comfort of your own kitchen. Make the most of your cosy night in and cook something indulgent – a roast works well if you want to let the oven do the work, while steak is a lovely treat (serve with thick-cut chips and your favourite green veg). Homemade pizza also makes a great Valentine supper – you can buy pizza bases ready-made and simply pile them high with your favourite toppings, or get stuck into some energetic kneading and make your own.   

3. Give a homeware gift.

It’s always nice to give a present you know someone will definitely use, so perk up your cooking space with something fun. Pretty cups and mugs usually go down well – especially if your special someone needs their caffeine fix to get them out of bed in the morning. Lightboxes also make great homeware gifts – they look cool, and you can leave messages on them. Better than a Post-it note on the fridge, don’t you think?  

4. Say it with cake.

On a chilly, grey February day, there’s nothing nicer than doing a spot of baking in a cosy kitchen. Biscuits are perfect if you’ve got little ones who want to help out – they’ll love stamping out the shapes and getting creative with some icing. And no Valentine’s Day dinner is complete without a decadent pudding – this torte sets in the fridge so there’s no cooking involved, and who can resist chocolate?  

5. Create a country-cottage kitchen.

Another way to bring a little romance into your kitchen is to go for rustic-style doors. There’s something incredibly warm and welcoming about doors with woodgrain finishes and traditional cathedral arch designs – they’re the very opposite of stark and clinical. Add accessories in gentle pastels for a charming, pretty look.



8 Kitchen Trends To Watch In 2017

February 2nd 2017 by .

If your New Year’s resolution was to give your kitchen a bit of a make-over, and you’re looking for some inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve had a look at the colours, styles and design features that we’ll be seeing in kitchens over the coming year, so read on for some ideas on how to update and refresh the most important room in your home.

1. Grey

Grey has been popular for the last two or three years, and there’s no sign of this changing in 2017. The great thing about grey is its versatility – there’s a shade for every kitchen. From pale Matt Dove Grey to the deep, dark Graphite, it’s hard to go wrong. Lighter shades work well with accessories in blues and greens, whereas darker greys make warmer colours like pink, red and yellow really stand out.

2. High-tech kitchens

Like phones and TVs, kitchens are getting smart this year. From kettles that can be boiled remotely via an app and coffee machines that will have your morning espresso ready and waiting, to fridges that make your shopping list for you, 2017 looks set to be the year of the smart appliance. Treat yourself to a new gadget and pair it with High Gloss doors for a futuristic look.

3. Kitchen islands

Again, this is a feature that has been popular for a few years now, but previously, islands have been reserved for spacious kitchens. It is possible to fit an island into a smaller room – it just requires a bit of creative thinking. An island unit with integrated storage means you get extra space for food prep, as well an other home for your pots and pans. Consider fitting dark-coloured doors on a central island and pale doors on your wall units for an eye-catching contrast.


Copper accents are a great way to add a little warmth to a monochrome or grey kitchen. Copper is also a great alternative to the usual chrome and stainless steel fixtures and fittings. If you don’t want to invest in copper taps or light fittings (for example), a copper kettle or some pans will add a splash of colour to the room.

5. Green

The official colour of the year – according to colour experts Pantone – is a fresh, slightly yellow green. Lighter than grass green, softer than lime green, it would make a great colour for the kitchen. Pair darker-toned doors like Anthracite with areas of green paint for a bold, striking look. Or consider our  Sage Green doors to give the room an airy, spring-like feel.

6. The “industrial” look

This look is all about letting raw materials shine – exposed brick and concrete, brushed-steel appliances and unpainted wood. As well as being incredibly stylish, the industrial look has the advantage of being practical; with open shelving and hard-wearing materials, you’ll have everything on hand, so you can simply grab your pans and cook up a storm. Our range of Woodgrain doors will help you bring a little of that natural, pared-down style into your kitchen.

7. Handleless doors.

They’re perfect for modern, minimalist kitchens, they’re easy to keep clean and they allow the colour and design of your chosen door to take centre-stage. They suit every size of kitchen too – the uncluttered look makes compact kitchens seem bigger, and really helps to maximise the space in larger rooms. Have a look at our range of Handleless kitchen doors and see if there’s a look you love.

8. Soft-closing doors and drawers

Noiseless doors are a must for the modern kitchen, and once you’ve got soft-closing doors, you won’t want to go back to loud slams and trapped fingers. We’ve got soft-closing door hinges and drawers available, so your new kitchen doors will swing into place with a whisper, not a bang.

Colours shown on this website can vary from one door range to another (even if the name of the colour is the same) and may not be accurately displayed on your computer screen.
You can order free colour swatches so that you can see exactly what your chosen colour looks like before ordering.

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